Highwayman’s pub to get improved coating

Master Thatcher Stuart Alexander and owner Sean Portass outside Turpins Wine Bar, Market Place, Long Sutton.  Photo by Tim Wilson.
Master Thatcher Stuart Alexander and owner Sean Portass outside Turpins Wine Bar, Market Place, Long Sutton. Photo by Tim Wilson.
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The centre of Long Sutton will never look quite the same again once a refurbished alehouse opens its doors next year.

Work is ongoing to change the appearance of Turpins Wine Bar in Market Place, including a relaying of its thatched roof believed to date back to the 17th century.

An artist's impression of how Turners Wine Bar will look when it reopens as Palmers Alehouse and Kitchen next year.

An artist's impression of how Turners Wine Bar will look when it reopens as Palmers Alehouse and Kitchen next year.

The bar is named after famous highwayman Dick Turpin who is reputed to have stayed in Long Sutton during the 1730s.

Owner Sean Portass said: “The wine bar is going to be completely changed, with a new thatched roof going on it, new kitchen, cellars, extended bar and aluminium conservatory at the back.”

The roof work is being done by Lincoln-based master thatcher Stuart Alexander who said: “All the old, original thatch that was under the tiles has been taken down and some structural work has been done to make the rethatching pretty straightforward work.

“It’s caused quite a stir and there’s been a lot of people taking photos since we started work here about four weeks ago.”

It is hoped the pub will open in early April 2015 and Sean said: “I’m really excited by how it’s going to turn out.”